It is a New Year and time for a fresh start. For many baseball players across the US, this is the off-season—time to build repeatable hitting habits and strength. Where and how you build these habits and strength matters because the habits must also be converted to skills and later maintained.
I have been developing hitters for 22 years. I have trained close to 50,000 hours. Remember: It takes 10,000 of doing anything for it to become a skill.
I am proud of my success because I am able to use it to serve others. You cannot give what you do not have.
With all of my success, there are young men and families who have no interest in training with me. Here are three reasons that I have been told why:
- “C.J.’s rates are too high.”
- “C.J. is arrogant.”
- “C.J. does the same drill all the time.”
“C.J.’s rates are too high.”
I am a master level coach and committed to helping my clients reach their full potential.
Before the word coach was used in sports, it was used as a means of transportation. My coaching philosophy is that practice prepares you for performance and performance prepares you for your next practice. It is this philosophy that governs who I coach and how I coach them.
My proven AT-BATS methodology starts with an assessment that determines if I can coach you, what you need, how often you need it, what goals you want to reach and how long it will take for us to get there.
Consider the last time you had to visit a doctor because you were sick. Did you walk into the office and immediately sit with the doctor? Did she/he ask you questions before treating you? Did they give you a prescription based on what you said your sickness was? Did you receive a discount because the doctor was trying to compete with their competitor down the street?
The good stuff always costs.
“C.J. is arrogant.”
Arrogance is making claims of being superior and overly proud and confident. When you visit a doctor because you need shoulder surgery and she/he tells you they are one of the best in the country, how does that make you feel about them?
When you are being recruited by a college to play baseball and the coach tells you that they have one of the best programs in the country, how does that make you feel?
When you receive an award for being the best hitter in the country, how does that make you feel?
I’m a master level coach and I will continue to use my success to serve others. That is what significance is all about.
“C.J. does the same drill all the time.”
I develop my hitters using four phases. Within these phases, we execute the drills that each individual specially needs to do so that their swing works in the game. Drills help you feel what you need to do. Doing the same drills over and over helps you develop habits and skills.
Assessment Phase – August-October
Trying new things to determine what does not work and what does work.
Build Phase – November-January
Building habits and strength based on what works.
Conversion Phase – February-April
Converting habits to skills.
Maintenance Phase – May-July
Putting a (.) on another productive year.
Brushing your teeth, making your bed and tying your shoes the same way each day can be boring. But when what you do becomes a skill, you do not have to use your brain as much to execute that task allowing you to focus on other things.
Diamond Directors has been providing the blueprint of success for diamond sports athletes since 1998. Let us assess your swing in our next Hitting Combine.
Remember: Intelligence tops being smart.
C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.